\ ˈtrīt How to pronounce trite (audio) \
triter; tritest

Definition of trite

: hackneyed or boring from much use : not fresh or original

Other Words from trite

tritely adverb
triteness noun

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trite, hackneyed, stereotyped, threadbare mean lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest. trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity. "you win some, you lose some" is a trite expression hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless. all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form. views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted. a mystery novel with a threadbare plot

Examples of trite in a Sentence

The wrong sort of built environment, she argued, wrecked the social fabric of cities. This view seems almost trite today, but in the 1960's it was insurgent. — Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 12 Mar. 2000 Experts are always unique (their tritest pronouncements are packaged as news) … — Wendy Kaminer, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 1990 Its wares are soiled with frequent handling; its styles are so hackneyed, trite, and homogeneous, they constitute a single style … — Joyce Carol Oates, The Profane Art, 1983 That argument has become trite. by the time the receiving line had ended, the bride and groom's thanks sounded trite and tired
Recent Examples on the Web One more piece of advice: don’t listen to trite advice like this from founders. Rachel King, Fortune, 1 May 2022 Others will note that the Reagan decade has become a trite touchstone for forward-thinking artists making plays for radio—check out Mitski’s and The Weeknd’s 2022 albums. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2022 There are instances where taking the fiercely independent female character and giving her a romance plot can feel trite, even patronizing. ELLE, 26 Mar. 2022 But the rationale wouldn’t be because rosé is trite or insignificant. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Nicolò Bassetti’s tender documentary Into My Name is about searching, although not in a trite way. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2022 The show’s premise, like its title, is both indistinct and somewhat trite. Judy Berman, Time, 18 Mar. 2022 His aphoristic observations could sometimes sound trite, especially when examined through our contemporary mode of cynicism. Nick Ripatrazone, The Week, 14 Mar. 2022 Eternals is one of the dumbest, cheesiest, most trite, and least human of the 26 MCU movies, a creative misfire on the order of the first two Thor movies or Avengers: Age of Ultron. Kyle Smith, National Review, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of trite

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trite

Latin tritus, from past participle of terere to rub, wear away — more at throw entry 1

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7 May 2022

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“Trite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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\ ˈtrīt How to pronounce trite (audio) \
triter; tritest

Kids Definition of trite

: so common that the newness and cleverness have worn off : stale trite remarks

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